Howard Zinn passed away last night at the age of 87. He died of a heart attack while traveling. His landmark work, A People’s History of the United States, was meant to be a small publication– only 5,000 copies were printed– but it has sold over a million copies, each year selling more copies than the year before. The People’s History is American history told from a left-wing point of view, highlighting the stories of people not in power.
The video below is Alice Walker reading “Sojourner Truth”, from the program “Voices of A People’s History.” Alice Walker and Howard Zinn met when she was a student at Spelman College. He was fired from Spelman when he supported the students who demonstrated for civil rights against the will of the administration.
Mr. Zinn doesn’t appear in the video, which is strangely right. It was never about Howard Zinn, it was always about the people’s history.
Goodbye, Mr. Zinn, Goodbye!